VIGNA “Castel Ringberg” on the Alto Adige Wine Road is the most important property of the renowned Elena Walch wine estate and is the origin of some of the most awarded wines of Italy. In the midst of about 20 hectares of vineyards with a view of Lake Caldaro lies the romantic little Castel Ringberg castle, built in 1620 by the Habsburg dynasty. Today, the wines mature in the barrique cellar of the castle after the grapes have been vinified at the Elena Walch headquarters in Tramin.
Castel Ringberg is open for visitors; its charming atmosphere is the setting for wine sales, a small wine tavern and guided tours through the surrounding vineyards ending with a wine tasting. Enjoy this idyllic manor surrounded by nature and discover the estate wines. The Elena Walch team looks forward to your visit!
San Giuseppe al Lago, 1 39052 Caldaro sulla Strada del Vino, Alto Adige Italy
+39 0471 960 010
+39 0471 860 172 www.elenawalch.com
For your enjoyment, as a gift or as a remembrance of your holiday: in the wine shop at Castel Ringberg you receive competent advice on your wine purchases.
The name Elena Walch stands for best quality and sustainable production in a family wine estate rich in tradition. Promoting quality and innovation, Elena Walch stood at the forefront of the quality revolution in Alto Adige and has reaped local and international esteem for her achievements. Today, the wine estate still sets standards in terroir-oriented thinking and innovative cellar technology in Alto Adige.
Detailed information about the wines of Elena Walch can be found here.
OSTARIA AL CASTELLO
The estate tavern with the panoramic view from its large terrace is worth a trip. Enjoy the wide range of Elena Walch wines while gazing at the scenic view of Lake Caldaro. The wines can be accompanied by cold regional delicacies – chosen specialties from Alto Adige to pair with your wine choice. After a guided vineyard tour, it is the ideal place to experience, in a glass, the vineyards you just visited.
Please find here some impressions: Castel Ringberg – A summer evening
GUIDED VINEYARD TOUR WITH WINE TASTING
In the summer, short hikes through the vineyards surrounding VIGNA Castel Ringberg are offered. Find out all about vineyard care dedicated to sustainability. The walk comes to a relaxing end with a tasting of four wines on the large terrace of the castle.
Lasts 2 hours; 20.00 € / person, sturdy shoes required.
The vineyard tour takes place only in good weather conditions.
Reservation necessary: email@example.com or +39 0471 860172
Meeting Point: Wine Shop Castel Ringberg, San Giuseppe al Lago 1, 39052 Caldaro
A new wine cellar elevates Elena Walch’s most important tenuta “Castel Ringberg” to a small gem. Situated in the midst of the single vineyard of the same name, from the 2022 vintage the white wines of the multiple award-winning single vineyard will literally mature at their origin.
In the heart of Elena Walch’s monopollage, classified as vigna, lies its namesake, the romantic Renaissance castle “Castel Ringberg” overlooking Lake Caldaro. A long almost forgotten cellar opposite the entrance to the castle has now been given a new lease of life and completely modernized.
The new “Gutskeller” (estate cellar) digs deep into the steep slopes of the vineyard and offers optimal conditions for largely natural, underground cooling. It was built around 140 years ago – even then for cellaring the wines – while the year of construction of the Castel Ringberg castle itself can be traced back to 1620. Since the Walch family acquired the property a hundred years ago, the cellar lay empty and fell more and more into oblivion. As former architect, Elena Walch has now given the historic estate cellar a new lease of life. A copper-colored corten stretch mantle in the shape of a honeycomb nestles against the barrel vault and protects the interior from the moisture of the vineyard above. The wooden barrels of French and Austrian “tonneliers” below are divided into two rows and show their importance in a play of light and shadow. The entrance of the cellar is surrounded by a small vineyard on the fungus-resistant PIWI grape variety “Souvignier Gris” to emphasize the sustainable guideline of the family estate.
In the 14 wooden barrels of 25hl each, starting with the 2022 vintage, Sauvignon, Pinot Grigio and Riesling Vigna Castel Ringberg, as well as Pinot Bianco Kristallberg are pressed. The large wooden barrel contributes discreetly to the structure of the wines while maintaining their character to respect the identity of the single vineyard. The Castel Ringberg estate cellar is another step by Elena Walch to further emphasize the idea of terroir. The goal is the production of down-to-earth, honest top-quality wines that are an expression of their origin and will in the future also mature precisely there, in the midst of the Vigna Castel Ringberg.